News .com .au: Twitter reveals half of all extremist posts on platform advocate for violence against civilians

News .com .au: Twitter reveals half of all extremist posts on platform advocate for violence against civilians. “Twitter has revealed almost half of all extremists who post on its platform have advocated for violence against civilians. Speaking before Parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Twitter head of public policy Kathleen Reen shared the shocking statistic but said completely wiping out ideological discussion from the platform would only add further tension.”

Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods (New York Times)

New York Times: Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods. “Tech companies, regulators and individuals across the globe are struggling to understand and control the enormous power of YouTube and other social media services. In 2019, YouTube made ‘important changes to how we recommend videos and prevent the spread of misinformation and hateful content,’ Farshad Shadloo, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement. It barred Mr. Molyneaux and Mr. Jones. But extreme videos continue to spread.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.. “Titled ‘Stop the Steal and Patriot Party: The Growth and Mitigation of an Adversarial Harmful Movement,’ the report is one of the most important analyses of how the insurrectionist effort to overturn a free and fair US presidential election spread across the world’s largest social network — and how Facebook missed critical warning signs. The report examines how the company was caught flat-footed as the Stop the Steal Facebook group supercharged a movement to undermine democracy, and concludes the company was unprepared to stop people from spreading hate and incitement to violence on its platform.”

Jacobin Magazine: Fredrick Brennan Is the Founder of 8chan. Now He Wants to Take It Offline.

Jacobin Magazine: Fredrick Brennan Is the Founder of 8chan. Now He Wants to Take It Offline.. “Fredrick Brennan founded the 8chan image board that became home to QAnon conspiracists. Now he’s horrified by the site — and wants it offline. Brennan talks to Bhaskar Sunkara about free speech in the digital age, how 8chan became such a reactionary cesspool, and what we need to do to build a better internet.”

Mashable: TikTok’s algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole

Mashable: TikTok’s algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole. “QAnon. Patriot Party, Oath Keepers. Three Percenters. Videos promoting these far right wing movements are all banned on TikTok. Yet the viral app’s recommendations algorithm keeps pushing accounts that promote these groups and movements anyway. According to a new report by the media monitoring group Media Matters for America, TikTok’s user recommendation algorithm is pushing its users toward accounts with the kinds of far-right views that are supposedly prohibited on the platform.”

New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate

New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate. “…even in the world of podcasting, Google Podcasts — whose app has been downloaded more than 19 million times, according to Apptopia — stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content. A recent nonexhaustive search turned up more than two dozen podcasts from white supremacists and pro-Nazi groups, offering a buffet of slurs and conspiracy theories. None of the podcasts appeared on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.”

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine. “If the so-called Stop the Steal movement appeared to be chasing a lost cause once President Biden was inaugurated, its supporters among extremist organizations are now adopting a new agenda from the anti-vaccination campaign to try to undermine the government. Bashing of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is occurring in chat rooms frequented by all manner of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys; the Boogaloo movement, a loose affiliation known for wanting to spark a second Civil War; and various paramilitary organizations.”

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism. “Next Thursday will be the first time the tech CEOs will face Congress since the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol, where different groups of individuals incited by disinformation campaigns led by former President Donald Trump and his allies sought to prevent the certification of the presidential election. Questions about the role of the tech platforms in contributing to radicalization and extremism and propagating disinformation related to the election are expected, according to a press release from the Committee. They are also interested in the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.”

Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize ‘people to get enraged’: Walter Isaacson (Yahoo Finance)

Yahoo Finance: Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize ‘people to get enraged’: Walter Isaacson . “The CEOs of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), and Twitter (TWTR) will appear later this month before a U.S. House subcommittee to face questions over the spread of misinformation tied to the 2020 election and COVID-19. In a new interview, author Walter Isaacson — best known for his biography of late Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs — said social media platforms should take more responsibility for the extremism and misleading information fostered by their sites. He offered a blistering criticism of the algorithms that determine what users see, calling them ‘dangerous.’”

Military .com: Pentagon Eyes Plan to Intensify Social Media Screening in Military Background Investigations

Military .com: Pentagon Eyes Plan to Intensify Social Media Screening in Military Background Investigations. “The Defense Department ‘is examining a scalable means of implementing social media screening in conjunction with background investigations,’ Pentagon officials said in suggested training materials distributed for a stand-down to discuss extremism. The military-wide pause in operations was ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.”

NavyTimes: Navy says ‘liking’ or sharing extremists’ posts on social media can get you in trouble

NavyTimes: Navy says ‘liking’ or sharing extremists’ posts on social media can get you in trouble. “Sailors engaging with an offensive post regarding white supremacism on social media could themselves be viewed as contributing to extremism in the service, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr. ‘Just by posting, retweeting, or liking an offensive post on social media — you could be participating in extremism,’ Nowell said in a new video shared on Facebook.”

“Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures. “Internal documents obtained by BuzzFeed News and interviews with 14 current and former employees show how the company’s policy team — guided by Joel Kaplan, the vice president of global public policy, and Zuckerberg’s whims — has exerted outsize influence while obstructing content moderation decisions, stymieing product rollouts, and intervening on behalf of popular conservative figures who have violated Facebook’s rules.”